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blumenthal also. you had a chance to talk to him. is this issue a little close to home for him right now? >> absolutely. >> he is the senator representing newtown, connecticut. we talked about that with him and also senator kelly aya. we have the nomination of chuck hagel at defense secretary. blumenthal has predictions that hagel will get through. >> you fit that all in an hour? >> we have a power player we have two great panel segments. >> that's too much. >> i am telling you it's a great show. you can't miss it. >> i am going to tell folks they can't. you must have had a good nights sleep last night. don't miss chris wallace' exclusive interviews with both sides of the gun debate and also speaking with senators ayat and blumenthal. 2 and 6:00 p.m. eastern. check it out. got the flu? everybody is stalk being the flu. they are trying not to get the flew. there are concerns about possible flu vaccine shortages. the doctors will be here to take a look and how you can protect yourself from getting the flu. we are taking questions on this topic right now. go to foxnews.com/sunday house call
, senator murphy joined tonight by his colleague senator richard blumenthal, who you saw speak just before him. gentlemen, i really appreciate you both being here tonight. thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> senator blumenthal, let me start with you. you said today that this is going to be a hard fight, that nobody should think this is going to be easy. given how hard you think this is going to be, what do you think is the best way to fight for it? >> the best way to fight for it is to recall those images that senator murphy and i recounted today. the images of parents emerging from that firehouse, the community grappling with that grief, the slaughter that is wracked upon america by these assault weapons and the high-capacity magazines, and the need for banning them. and mobilizing and galvanizing support to overcome the nra and other entrenched interests, which no doubt, no question will fight them, make no mistake, there will be a fight. but as you said, the centerpiece really is a comprehensive program that has to include the background checks. i propose bac
members of the armed services committee. republican kelly ayotte the and democrat richard blumenthal. and we will ask our sunday panel if mr. obama has the clout to win the fights he is taking on. and our power player of the week. wife of a washington insider makes her own mark. all right now on "fox news sunday." hello again from fox news in washington. in the wake of a newtown school shootings, washington is getting ready for a battle over how to prevent more acts of mass violence. joining me now are two people of the center of what is likely to be one of the first big political issues this year. larry pratt executive director for gun other thans of america and neera, president of the center for american progress. welcome to both of you to "fox news sunday." >> thank you. >> thanks. >> chris: i want to put up remarkable numbers i saw. the nra contributed 20 million today's federal campaigns last year, $20 million and gun control groups gave $4,000. and 50% of the members of the new congress, in fact, more than half have an a rating from the nra. given all of that, how do you and ot
and democrat richard blumenthal. also the president is taking a more aggressive approach as he begins his second term. we'll ask our sunday panel if mr. obama has the clout to win the fights he's taking on. >>> and our power player of the week... the wife of a washington insider makes her own mark. all, right you now, on fox news sunday. ♪ >> chris: and, hello again from fox news in washington. in the wake of the newtown school shootings washington is getting ready for a battle over how to prevent more acts of mass violence. joining me are two people at the center of what is likely to be one of the first big political issues this year, larry pratt, executive director for gun owners of america and neera tanden, president of the center for american progress. welcome to fox news sunday. >> thanks. >> thank you. >> chris: vice president joe biden is expected to present his plan to prevent more massacres on tuchlzesday. but i want to put up remarkable numbers them. nra contributed $20 million to federal campaigns last year. $20 million and gun control groups gave $4,000. and, 50% of the memb
out this morning's hearing. i want to welcome connecticut senator blumenthal, your immediate reaction to wayne lapierre, he referenced what took place in newtown, connecticut and heartbreaking loss of children, saying there's nothing more precious than our children and also basically saying that the idea of more gun laws is not the action that needs to be taken but it's more of the evaluation of instituting an enforcing the gun laws we already have. >> i think that mr. lapierre ignores what really was enormously powerful, even riveting testimony from gabby giffords and her instruction to our committee, the judiciary committee and congress itself, to be bold, to be courageous, because america is counting on you. and the call to action that came from newtown is for better enforcement of existing laws but also new laws that will enable better enforcement. we can have common ground with mr. lapierre that better enforcement of existing laws is necessary, but that leads in my view inevitably for the call for more background checks on the 40% of all firearms purchases that right now are with
richard blumenthal and chris murphy, distinguished senators from connecticut who know firsthand about assault weapons. you will also hear from congresswoman carolyn mccarthy from new york who knows firsthand the devastation of gun violence as well as congressman ed perlmutter of colorado, who represents aurora and congressman -- congresswoman elizabeth sp who represents newton. you'll hear from mayor michael nutter from philadelphia who leads the united states conference of mayors. you hear from commissioner charles ramsey of the philadelphia police department, the current president of the major cities, police chiefs in association who will speak about the display of weapons you see to my left. finally, we will hear from the dems a reset not shootings. i'd also like to recognize other supporters here today. on the risers behind the we have police officers from several department and i so thank you for joining us today. hot mark i would also like to recognize the million moms for gun control who are represented by mrs. sandburg today, doctors for america, the american academy of pediat
. joining me is democratic senator richard blumenthal. it is good to see you. thanks for being here. >> thank you, kraig. >> you just heard what senator feinstein said. what reforms do you think we can see enacted? >> an assault weapon ban and a prohibition on high clip capacities is doable. >> you think it is doable? >> i think it is. more likely background checks for all firearms purchases. right now 40% of them involve no background checks. convicted felon, fugitive, drug addict can walk into a store and buy a shopping cart full of ammunition and pay for it no questions asked. and improved background checks so that states report mental illnesses and commitments. >> i am glad you brought that last part up. politico earlier this week writing about the current system of background checks as, quote, ineffective. few states are submitting the required records to the federal database. why are these states not submitting these records? is it a question of inadequate resources or a lack of political will? >> my view is that it is a lack of political will more than financial wherewithal.
cynical the beltway feels about it? join us now is senator richard blumenthal of connecticut, who has introduced the ammunition background check of 2013. senator blumenthal, it's really nice to have you here. thank you for being here. >> thank you, rachel. >> at today's hearing was there a moment when you felt like the politics were moving, that we're actually making progress on the issue? >> certainly gabby giffords' appearance was absolutely riveting, a high point, dramatic and powerful moment for the entire committee, republicans and democrats, the strength and courage that it took for her to do this first public appearance. "be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you." that moment i think will stay with many of us for a long time and inspire us. but i think also some of those weird moments, like the one you cited and an equally weird one, if i may say, when wayne lapierre tried to explain why he was against background checks, which is that the criminals won't comply with them. well, of course the criminals won't comply with them, because they won't go to the dealers or
, senator blumenthal who just stepped out to be with us. good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> you have said you will reserve judgment until after this hearing. what are your concerns? >> my concerns have been whether chuck hagel supports the present policy on iran, which is to stop a nuclear armed iran not simply contain it, also his commitment to israel and its security in the middle east as a vital ally, but equally important his commitment to building the necessary weapons systems such as two submarines a year, the joint strike fighter, which are necessary for that strategic vision that he outlined today. and i've been reassured by his private statements to members of the committee, including myself, as well as some of what he said today. for example, about sexual assault and his commitment to combatting it as well as to the don't ask/don't tell policy which he opposed at some point. i think he has revisited many of his views, revised them and made them consistent with the president's policies. >> you are comfortable with what i think are the two major criticisms that have been talk
that senator finestein and senator blumenthal are about to introduce a ban on assault weapons, and what do you know about that piece of legislation? >> well, i'm going to be a supporter of that legislation. >> what's in it? >> this is a -- this is i think going to be a ban on the assault weapons moving forward and tighter ban than the previous ban and it will address high capacity ma magazine clips. the fact is that as soon as we passed the ban in the 1990s, the gun manufacturers found a way around it and other states like new jersey and california have passed stricter bans and that is what the congress needs to do. i get it that the nra is going to use all of the resources to try to stop this thing, but ultimately, the people of this country have been transformed, and these assault weapons and they know it, these are not used by sportsmen and you don't need an assault weapon to kill a deer or target practice and sportsmen are not going to have their rights abridged or their ability to enjoy their sport change by having these dangerous military-style assault weapons taken off of the streets. >
not comfortable yet. i want to ask him questions about those two issues. >> democratic senator richard blumenthal with that statement there. as you were writing you said as chuck schumer goes so goes hagel. >> that's right. chuck schumer is probably the most important voice in this debate on the democratic side right now. really the only way that chuck hagel doesn't get confirmed right now is if democratic senators come out in opposition to him. there is going to be a balk of republican senators who will vote against hagel for the reasons you mention. >> do you think schumer will go against this nomination? >> i think it is unlikely at this point. chuck hagel will have to really assure both schumer, blumenthal, other jewish democrats that he would be a staunch advocate for israel. i'm sure he will do that. if he slips up in any way in the hearings or if a lot of the groups off of the hill that are very influential try to derail after the hearings it will be very hard for some democrats to vote for him. absent that i think his confirmation is affirmed. >> let's change subjects to afghanistan that
on it sponsored by the commonwealth fund who president is david blumenthal. something tells me among the speakers you won't find this lady, former state lieutenant governor, she is a frequent critic of obamacare and she has a new book out "beating obamacare." when you went to the symposium who understand the law so they can report on it, you got more than a bad law issue? >> that's right. i laughed when i heard about the symposium because the left leaning commonwealth fund is noted for slanting its research to support that view and commonwealth fund is being run by david blumenthal one of chief architects of it. so it won't be balanced. the commonwealth fund is largely responsible for the misconceptions and incorrect information that led many members of congress to vote for this giant law without ever reading it. i'll give you an example. one day on the floor of senate, senator kent conrad pointed t charted courtesy of the commonwealth fund that u.s. ranked 19th out of 19 countries for the quality of its healthcare. behind that was a bag of tricks commonwealth study that actually mixed up inciden
. >> joining me now from washington is connecticut senator richard blumenthal who said as a member of the judiciary committee, senator, thank you for your time. how would you describe what played out today? is it progress or maybe a clear picture of how strongly both sides feel and maybe there is no room here to budge. >> both really. progress because it's a first step towards marking up that which the chairman said what happened this spring. probably next month. second, it illustrated the gaps in views and also the common ground in so far as enforcement of existing laws as well as new laws to make sure there is enforcement. particularly by background checks. i am hopeful there will be common ground to fill the so-called gun show loophole and the private sales that constitute 40% of all purchases of hand guns and all firearms across the country. they now have no background checks. also ammunition background checks that can fill a very urgent need. the black hole, if you will, of prevention. other measures like trafficking and purchases and so forth. >> from the testimony from wayne
grade? >> joining me now is richard blumenthal of connecticut. he wants to target ammunition sales and require background checks on anyone who buys bullets. your reaction as to president obama's very bold and ambitious plans today for new gun legislation. >> it is a sweeping set of proposals. and what is so encouraging about it is it relies on executive action. that is what the president can do on his own, as well as congressional action. the president's proposing, for example, preference for hiring new police with cops grants to work in schools. also strengthening that national database that is so important to criminal background checks. and i'm hopeful that congress will act to extend those background checks, not only to the firearms sales that now fit within the gun show loophole. about 40% of all firearm sales every year, but also to ammunition sales, which are really the black hole of gun violence prevention. there is a historic opportunity here for the congress to act on the president's proposals. and i'm very hopeful that we can act cooperatively. >> the nra's come out with
now is the democratic senator from connecticut, richard blumenthal, who will soon take action on a bill. tell us first of all about the bill you intend to introduce. >> the bill i intend to introduce really has to be seen as part of a comprehensive set of measures that i'm going to be supporting and introducing over the next weeks and months, including a ban on assault weapons, and high capacity magazines. extended background checks, so that we cover the 40% of sales that are now without any background checks. mental health initiatives, and also i want to emphasize, i will support stronger executive action for enforcement. which the nra has long said ought to be done. they have said there is no need for more laws, what we need is better enforcement of existing laws. so i would think that they would welcome the vice president remarks, that executive action, aggressive pro-active enforcement of those laws will be forthcoming, and it is needed for the atf, and for the federal enforcers. but also at the state level there needs to be reinforcements. and maybe there will be common g
. >>> among our guests this morning, connecticut senator richard blumenthal will be joining us, new york congressman joseph crowley, dr. sanjay gupta is with us, the dog whisperer, cesar milan and comedian jay thomas joins us as well. it's thursday, january 10th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning, the majority of the united states now dealing with a severe and deadly bout of the flu. the cdc reporting that influenza cases are widespread across 41 states. more than 2200 people reported hospitalized. here are the hardest-hit states. pennsylvania, south carolina. each reporting 22 flu-related deaths. massachusetts declaring a medical emergency. 700 confirmed cases in boston since october. rates ten times higher than what they saw last year. our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, joins us this morning. he's at cnn center in atlanta. sanjay, good morning to you. put this in perspective for me. how do we compare it to last year? >> as you pointing out, you take a place like boston, for example, and it's about te
. >> reporter: connecticut senators richard blumenthal and chris murphy are cosponsoring the bill. they say the shooting at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut proves there is a need to ban assault weapons. >> newtown fundamentally changed things. >> reporter: but the nra says law-abiding citizens need the same technology the criminals have. >> that means we believe in our right to defend ourselves and our families with semi- automatic firearms technology. >> reporter: the nra has a lot of support here on capitol hill especially in the house where many say an assault weapons ban has little chance of being passed. >> this is going to be a tough go. >> reporter: and it may be tough to win over some of the public, as well. on wednesday, sheriffs in missouri, california and texas announced they would not enforce new gun control laws such as an assault weapons ban. >> if there are laws passed that i feel and can prove that are unconstitutional, we will not enforce those rules and i think i have the powers to do that. >> reporter: president oba
blumenthal that a surprise guest will appear. he's not identifying who that is. >> that should be interesting. susan mcginnis in washington, thanks. >> another high-profile issue for congress and the administration is immigration reform. president obama speaking in nevada yad said now's the time to fix the immigration system. warned if congress doesn't act he will. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: president obama told students at the predominantly hispanic high school in las vegas he's keeping his campaign promise to reform immigration. >> we need congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in the country right now. >> reporter: the president supports the plan that the so-called gang of eight unveiled monday. it would allow illegal immigrants to gain temporary legal status if they passed a criminal background check, paid a fine and back taxes and learned english. they can apply to become a citizen behind people who started the process legally. >> for the first time in man
to do something about the guns. >> reporter: connecticut senators richard blumenthal and chris murphy are cosponsoring the bill. they say the shooting at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut proves there's a need to bran assault weapons. >> newton -- to ban assault weapons. >> newton changed things. >> reporter: but the nra says law abiding citizens need the same technology criminals have. >> we have the right to defend ourselves and our families with semiautomatic firearms technology. >> reporter: the nra has a lot of support here on capitol hill, especially in the house where many say an assault weapons ban has little chance of being passed. >> this is going to be a tough go. >> reporter: it may be tough to win over some of the public as well. on wednesday, sheriffs in missouri, california, and texas announced they would not enforce new gun control laws such as an assault weapons ban. that i feel and can prove that are unconstitutional, we will not enforce those. >> reporter: president obama is sending vice president biden on the road to gather public support. >> we'
senator richard blumenthal next hour. what are the final battle lines? one has been eliminated. women are no longer banned from combat units. leon panetta issued the order in the last 30 minutes. >> therefore today general dempsey and i are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to serve. >> eliminating the ban will take time and the assessment phase. each branch will examine all the jobs and units not accepting women and then produce a timeline for integration. every three months, service leaders will have to check on their progress and if it's found they are not suited for a unit, an exemption may be sought. one part of the air force, they have been side by side, fighting on the ground for more than a decade. >> this is tech sergeant andrea jefferson's worst nightmare. patrolling a remote area of afghanistan, taking on enemy fire and a comrade goes down. >> i want you to hold pressure hads on wound. >> jefferson has been training for this momen
, let's talk to a lawmaker with a plan of his own to stop gun violence. senator richard blumenthal of connecticut. senator, great to talk to you. it's been a while and i'm glad to see you. you're proposing a bill on ammunition background checks and i want to talk about that in a moment, but first, i want to talk about this issue. there are a lot of gun laws in america. brookings has put the number at 300. some have said it's as high as 20,000, but a department of justice study found that 80% of inmates obtained their guns illegally. so 80% of inmates for gun laws obtained their guns illegally. isn't the first thing to do to enforce the laws we have? >> absolutely right. terrific point and it's a point that i make constantly because my background is in law enforcement. i was attorney general of the state of connecticut for 20 years and a federal prosecutor as united states attorney for four and a half years. the best laws on the books are dead letter unless enforced, so we need more resources. absolutely right. both at the state and federal level to enforce existing laws and if that
the gun control debate. he will also sit down with senators kelly ayotte and blumenthal. >> one major city is cut down on prescription pain killers available in many hospitals. the difference between fighting abuse and keeping patients pain free. should you be able to allow fewer doses in the hospital than you would in your own home. a debate they are having and we will bring you up to speed on it, next. i'm up next, but now i'm sging the heartburn blues. hold on, prilosec isn't for fast relief. cue up alka-seltzer. it stops heartburn fast. ♪ oh what a relief it is! people here in new york city now have fewer powerful pain killers available to them in new york hospitals. under the new plan patients cannot receive more than three days worth of narcotic pain killers including vicodin. the hospitals will quit dispensing longer acting drugs and if you lose your prescription you are out of luck. no refills. mayor bloomberg is restructuring private hospitals to follow suit. >> if you get 20 days worth of pills and only need them for three days, there is 17 days sitting there. and you see there
blumenthal and chris murphy, distinguished senators from connecticut who know firsthand about assault weapons. you will also hear from congresswoman carolyn mccarthy from new york who knows firsthand the devastation of gun violence as well as congressman ed pearlmutter of colorado who represents aurora and congresswoman elizabeth esty who represents newtown. you will also here from mayor michael nutter, the distinguished mayor of philadelphia who leads the united states conference of lay y mayors. you will hear from commissioner ramsey, the police chiefs association who will speak about the display of weapons you see to my left. finally, we will hear from victims of recent mass shootings. i would also like to recognize other supporters who are here today. on the risers behind me, we have police officers from several department and i so thank you for joining us today. i would also like to recognize a million moms for gun control represented by mr. sandberg here today, doctors for america, the american academy of pediatrics and the american federation of teachers. now i'd like to introduce gary
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